GPS makes a great gift for dad. At $369 the TomTom 740 is a bit pricey, but what makes this TomTom special is that it gives you real time traffic and live access to fuel listings which is great for looking for the lowest gas prices. It also has advanced lane guidance: big arrows which show you which lane to stay in when you're exiting a highway. Another plus - speech recognition that lets you use your voice to give commands.
If you like talking to gadgets, the $129 BlueAnt Q1 headset is for you. It's a Bluetooth headset that responds to voice commands it walks you through the initial pairing process and it also tells you who's calling so it gives you the opportunity to answer or ignore the call; just don't ignore dad.
If the recession has your family staying home a little more, dad might really appreciate the Roku Digital Video Player . It lets Netflix subscribers stream the rental services, movies and TV shows right on their TV set now they've added access to Amazon's video on demand content movies TV episodes, many on the same day they're out on DVD. So for $99 and no subscription fee you can stay home with dad and watch "Father Knows Best."